Bucs need to be better on first down

September, 11, 2013
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Part of the reason the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' offense looked so dismal in Sunday’s season-opening loss to the New York Jets was because the Bucs were horrible on first down.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Bucs gained a league-low 53 yards on first down. The Jets (75) yards were the next closest team.

The Bucs completed only 3 of 10 first-down passes and averaged 2.3 pass yards per attempt, which ranked No. 32. The Bucs also averaged 2.31 yards on first-down running plays, which ranked them No. 24 in the league.

It’s really a pretty simple concept. The Bucs never came close to getting into any sort of offensive rhythm because they did so little on first down.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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